Northern Michigan has another day of cold, snowy winter weather. Travel has already been reported as rough, and multiple schools are closed. If you need to be out on the roads today, take it slow and dress warmly.
We have one cold front exiting the area and low pressure near Iowa Wednesday morning headed for the Ohio Valley. Even as the system pushes eastward Wednesday evening, lake effect locations will continue to see snow fall.
Lake effect snow will fall throughout the day Wednesday, and the following are in effect:
*Winter Weather Advisory - Emmet & Cheboygan counties - until noon. 3-6" of new snow, blowing and drifting snow, snow-covered roads, visibilities near zero at times. Snowfall rates may reach 1"/hr at times.
*Winter Weather Advisory - Mason & Oceana counties (and southward to the Grand Rapids area) - until 5pm. 3-5" of new snow possible, with blowing and drifting snow creating snow-covered roads and visibilities near zero.
*Winter Weather Advisory - Leelanau, Kalkaska, Crawford counties - until 7pm. 2-5" of new snow, which may be heavy at times. Expect blowing and drifting snow.
*Winter Weather Advisory - Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego counties - until 7pm. 6-12" in total accumulation by then, with blowing and drifting snow creating low visibilities and snow-covered roads. Snowfall rates may reach 1"/hr.
*Lake Effect Snow Warning - Luce & Chippewa counties - until 7am Thursday. 12-18+" of total accumulation by Thursday morning. Snowfall rates at 2"/hr are possible at times. Hazardous travel is expected, with drifting, snow-covered roads, and visibilities near zero, especially under heavy snow bands.
As usual with lake effect, amounts are very localized - there could be completely different amounts of snow on opposite sides of town.
Winds are out of the west, and will be steady 10-20mph, with gusts to the mid 30s, Wednesday. Winds will stay up overnight and into Thursday. Expect blowing and drifting snow, slick and snow-covered roads, and low visibilities across northern Michigan. We will also have wind chills near zero to about 20 below. Remember, wind chills that cold can cause frostbite to unprotected skin in under half an hour - grab the scarf, hat, and mittens! Also, when it's this cold outside remember to bring your pets in.
Snow chances, for lake effect areas in particular, will continue into the weekend.